7 Chinese New Year Traditions And Their Significance

CNY Market 2016

One of the most highly anticipated festivals for the Chinese has to be the annual Chinese New Year. Based on the lunar calendar, the festival falls on the first day of the first month which is unlike the international New Year, and it differs every year.

Chinese New Year is the time when families get together, and for foreigners who make use of this holiday to travel back to their hometown for a family reunion. An important aspect of this festivity is also its traditions which have been kept for many generations.

If you have always been curious about the significance of spring cleaning and why are we told by our parents to stay up past midnight on the Eve of Chinese New Year, let us share with you 7 Chinese New Year Traditions And Their Significance. READ ON

7 Simple Ways To Survive Chinese New Year Feasting

Sustainable Yusheng

With Christmas barely over, many of us are still feeling guilty about the Christmas feasts we had indulged in. It certainly doesn’t help that the Chinese New Year festivities are starting slightly earlier this year, with it being held at the end of January.

The first few days are usually celebrated with an endless amount of sinful, yet delicious food and snacks. However, it is still possible to maintain your waistline without going on an extreme diet.

Here are 7 Simple Ways To Survive Chinese New Year Feasting.

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7 Free Things To Do In Penang

Free Things To Do In Penang

Penang is a food haven visited not just by the locals living in other parts of Malaysia but also tourists from abroad. Penang has seen a significant increase in tourists who make a special trip there just to indulge in delicious Penang street food.

But apart from eating, what else can you do there? In the past decade or so, the Malaysian government has been putting in extra effort to turn Penang into a place of interest with plenty of activities for everyone.

And if you are on a budget trip, here are 7 Free Things To Do In Penang. READ ON

8 Family Road Trip Tips – How To Ensure A Smooth And Happy Holiday

Roadtrip

Vacations are supposedly a time for you to enjoy some quiet time and unwind from the stress that you have been facing at work or in school.

Road trips sure are fun and exciting if you are going with friends. But parents who are thinking of going for a trip together with their children may find it more of a chore than a relaxing holiday. The long hours in a car and having to entertain the kids during the journey are some of the typical “problems”.

Although hiccups along the trip are unpredictable, there are still ways to minimise a meltdown from happening. Here are some tips on how to keep you and your young ones happy throughout the journey!

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Yeouido Spring Flower Festival – Best Place To See Cherry Blossoms In Seoul

Yeouido Park Cherry Blossom

Mid-April is a wonderful time to visit Seoul for the annual Yeouido Spring Flower Festival. This is when the 1,600 cherry blossom trees that line Yeouiseo-ro Road will be in full bloom and you get to witness the spectrum of pinks and whites.It is a sight you will never forget.

It is a sight you will never forget.

The festival takes place beside the Han River where visitors can stroll along leisurely as they admire the flowers in full bloom, but you have to be prepared to face a huge crowd as this is (unsurprisingly) one of the most popular events of the year in South Korea. READ ON

Beerthai House Restaurant – Off-The-Radar Thai Eatery At Golden Mile Tower

Beerthai House Golden Mile

Many people head down to Golden Mile Complex—also known as Little Thailand in Singapore—to satisfy their Thai food cravings for that place is home to many eateries serving authentic Thai cuisine.

Golden Mile Tower, located just next to Golden Mile Complex, also has a few eateries that are worth checking out.

Beerthai House Restaurant is one of them. It offers a selection of affordable Thai main dishes, desserts and drinks.

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7 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be On The Top Of Your Bucket List

Iceland

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One of the most magical places on Earth has to be Iceland. Its charm is like no other, with natural wonders in the form of both ice and fire elements from the volcanoes and ice glaciers.

Known for boasting the most beautiful landscapes, Iceland is mystical, alluring and wild. There is no knowing what you will find at every turn, for the place is a vast volcanic site home to endless geysers, ice caves, waterfalls, volcanoes and much more.

Its beauty has intrigued many travellers and explorers over the past decade, which means that the number of visitors has increased significantly. Despite so, Iceland still retains all of its magic till today.

And if you have been thinking of where you should go on your next holiday, here are 7 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be On The Top Of Your Bucket List. READ ON

Dino Cake House & Cafe – Where You Can Get S$3 Durian Cake And Many Cheap Cakes

Dino Royal Chocolate

Established in 1993, Dino Cake House & Cafe is one of the most underrated cake shops in Singapore.

It currently has two outlets in Singapore. Their main outlet resides at Upper Thompson, offering main dishes and a wide range of pastries while their other takeaway outlet is a hidden gem in Bukit Timah Plaza.

It is one of those places that we can never get sick of, because simplicity always works.

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8 Tips On How To Plan For Your First Solo Trip

Solo Travel

Those who have taken a solo trip often describe it as a life-changing experience that they will never forget. When you are alone, you get to discover not just new cultures and traditions but more about yourself too. You might find yourself picking up a new language or hobby that is not common in your home country.

Of course, things can be very different when you are out there alone without your family and friends to fall back on. It takes plenty of courage to blend into a completely new environment that you are not familiar with.

Going solo means that there are also many opportunities for things to go wrong but with some preparations done beforehand, you minimise the chances of getting into an unexpected and unnecessary predicament. If you have been thinking of planning a solo trip for yourself, here are 8 Tips For Planning Your First Solo Trip. READ ON

9 Things To Do For A Day Trip To Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is a popular destination for many Singaporeans who are looking for a short weekend stay or simply just a day trip away. Apart from its convenient location, Singaporeans are always heading across the border because there is much to do in Johor Bahru.

Yes, we are talking about activities besides spending your day at City Square and Komtar shopping malls. If you have an entire day to spare, explore the different things to do in Johor Bahru such as cafe hopping and playing paintball!

Here are 9 Things To Do For A Day Trip To Johor Bahru.
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8 Popular Character Themed Cafes In Singapore

Character Themed Cafes Singapore

Character themed cafes are not new in Singapore but each time a new one comes up, everyone gets all excited to find out what is in store. While they are not known to serve delicious grub, many still love character themed cafes for its atmosphere and creatively designed food and beverages.

It really comes down to individual preferences to decide if it is worth the splurge as dishes sold in these character-themed cafes usually do not come cheap. However, they make the most Instagram-worthy pictures. What’s your take?

Here are 8 Character Themed Cafes To Check Out In Singapore. READ ON

Christmas Wonderland 2016 At Gardens By The Bay Is Back

Christmas Wonderland Castle

The most magical time of the year is near and yes, we are talking about Christmas! Who doesn’t love the season of giving and sharing? And… we are excited to share that Christmas Wonderland is back again for the third year!

Entrance to Christmas Wonderland is no longer free this year, though. Admission tickets are going at S$4 from 02 to 04 December 2016, S$6 from 09 to 15 December 2016 and S$8 from 16 December to 01 January 2017. Starting from 28 October 2016, you can purchase your tickets online. Complimentary entry is given for up to 3 children under 0.9 metres with each paying adult.

Happening from 02 December 2016 to 01 January 2017, it is scheduled to open daily from 3.30pm to 11pm. Here’s what you can expect from Christmas Wonderland 2016 At Gardens By The Bay. READ ON

7 Reasons Why Red Wine Is Better Than White Wine

Red wine

Some prefer red wine for its rich flavour while others enjoy a glass of white wine for its light and crisp taste.

And then, there are some of us who make our choices based on the health benefits. So, which one is better than the other and gives you more reason to sip it?

The answer is Red Wine. Here are 7 Reasons Why Red Wine Is Better Than White Wine. So the next time you are having a hard time making your choice, just go for the red wine. That said, we still love our Chardonnay and won’t give up on it entirely. #GreedyLikeThat READ ON

10 Places Where You Can Dine For A Cause In Singapore

Food For Thought

Dining in Singapore does not always mean it is a luxurious affair for yourselves. You can satisfy your cravings at an affordable price and help someone in need at the same time.

There is an increasing number of entrepreneurs and cafe owners who have started small businesses in the F&B industry with a strong belief for social cause(s) and to give back to society. A meal at these places actually mean playing a significant role in showing support for the same cause.

From helping the poor to employing ex-convicts and those with special needs in the hopes of teaching them new skills, here is a list of restaurants in Singapore where you can dine for a cause. READ ON

Archipelago Creamery – Ice Cream Shop In The West With Waffles And Shibuya Toast

Archipelago Creamery

Chances are you will not find notice Archipelago Creamery unless you are consciously looking out for it.

Hidden within the grounds of Nanyang Community Centre at Jurong West Street 91, you would need to take a bus from Boon Lay MRT Station to get to the community centre.

Sure, making it to the destination cafe requires some effort on top of searching for it within the compound. And the question is – is it worth the trip? READ ON

7 Best Dining Memberships in Singapore

Best Dining Memberships

Over time with inflation, meals get more expensive and each day is a reminder for us to be mindful of our spendings, yet there are times when you just feel like giving yourself a treat. Pampering yourself should not come at a high cost and we agree with that!

In our city where the F&B businesses have strong competition is where we as consumers stand to gain. Almost all the restaurants in Singapore are collaborating with various credit card companies, mobile applications and coming up with their own promotions to give customers the best deals in town.

While we sure aren’t complaining, it can be hard to keep up with all the different discount schemes that are popping up every day. Here is a simple guide to 7 Dining Memberships in Singapore that we live by.

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